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Miller Park Zoo offers a variety of fun & educational programs throughout the year. Registration is required for all classes.

All program registration is handled through the Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department. Click here for registration information.

For additional information on Zoo programs contact us at (309) 434-2250.


Animal Crackers for ages 3-5 & a Grown-up

Animal Crackers is a Miller Park Zoo classic. Join us once each month for a story, animal encounter, craft, & snack. Our topic is always a surprise and we have a great time guessing which animal will visit! One adult accompanies each child to class but does not pay an additional registration fee. The registration fee includes admission to the Zoo for the participating child & one adult on the day of class.

  • Unregistered siblings of any age may not attend.
  • Children must be at least three years old to participate.
  • Classes are identical in each session, so register for only one class each month.

Registration fee:

  • $13 per child per class
  • $8 per child per class for MPZS members
Date Time
Fri., Jan. 26  9:00 - 10:00 am
Fri., Jan. 26  1:00 - 2:00 pm
Fri., Jan. 26  5:00 - 6:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 27  9:00 - 10:00 am
Sat., Jan. 27  10:30 - 11:30 am
Date Time
Fri., Feb. 23 9:00 - 10:00 am
Fri., Feb. 23 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Fri., Feb. 23 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 24 9:00 - 10:00 am
Sat., Feb. 24 10:30 - 11:30 am

Zoo Explorers for Ages 6 - 11

Zoo Explorers is a terrific 2-hour adventure that includes animal encounters, classroom learning, and hands-on experiences out in the Zoo. Please sign up for only one class each day; curriculum will be the same both morning & afternoon. Min. 8/Max 15.

Registration fee:

  • $14 per child per class
  • $10 per child per class for MPZS members

Animal Husbandry

Date Time
Mon., Feb. 19 9:00 - 11:00 am
Mon., Feb. 19 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Spring Break Safari Camp for Ages 6-11

We'll face fun challenges & obstacles that help us learn how animals deal with their own challenges in the wild. Along the way, we'll meet some animals, make a craft, & enjoy educational activities. Curriculum is identical for each day; please register for only one session. Bring a sack lunch & wear play clothes.

Registration fee:

  • $39 per child per session
  • $29 per child per session for MPZS members

We Like to Move it: Animal Locomotion

Date Time
Mon., March 26 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tues., March 27 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Art of Animals for Ages 10 - 18

Science meets art in this unique program collaboration by Miller Park Zoo & Sugar Grove Nature Center. Participants will meet some animals & study their physical characteristics, then use this information in sketching a few subjects. We'll create drawings to take home. All art materials will be provided. Please bring a sack lunch. Classes will take place at Miller Park Zoo.

Registration fee:

  • $25 per person per session
  • $20 per person per session for MPZS members
Date Time Topic
Mon., Oct. 9 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Drawing Animal Faces
Mon., Jan. 15 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Drawing a Rainforest